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Other than shoeing school tuition, there is only one other purchase for a farrier than has a price tag as considerable: your rig. There are many options out there. If your goal is to only trim horses, you can get by with a compact car with a minimal set of tools in the trunk. If you have a multi-purpose vehicle, maybe a trailer is the answer. Or if you are fortunate and are leaving an apprenticeship with a healthy client list, the volume of work may require a good-sized pickup with a body attached.
The luxury of that “dream rig” isn’t a likely reality for someone just out of school or leaving an apprenticeship. Yet, you need a rig if you are going to be a farrier. The variables are many, so after you determine what you can afford with cash or financing, here are other considerations for you to review before you buy.
A booming music system or seat warmers might be “nice-to-have” options, but when it comes to shoeing rigs, the experts all advise identifying the essentials first.
A well-organized work environment saves time and effort. “One of the first priorities is to determine your work platform, whether you’ll eventually work out of a cap or a trailer,” advises Lou Sposito, president of Stonewell Bodies of Genoa, N.Y.
“Once I know the general platform, then I can get into the efficiencies of working, such as how often is it practical…